What's New in Milwaukee County
Leadership Introduces Ordinance to Cement Racial Equity in Milwaukee County
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee County Supervisors and the Office on African American Affairs introduced an ordinance that acknowledges that institutional racism exists across layers of government in the United States and that Milwaukee County is taking steps to implement change. This ordinance commits Milwaukee County to advancing racial equity and eliminating health disparities. The ordinance moves forward Milwaukee County's vision that by achieving racial equity, Milwaukee is the healthiest county in Wisconsin.
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele wants to tell the story about how Milwaukee County is changing lives and strengthening communities with its innovative approach to youth justice. Called Project Rise, the collaborative, evidence-driven strategy has inspired several initiatives to transform the county’s approach to youth justice.
Milwaukee Area Officials, Community Leaders Propose New Revenue Solution to Invest in Our Communities
An unprecedented partnership will move forward to pursue new revenue solutions that provide property tax relief to residents through a local option sales tax. The proposed plan to could bring in an extra $160 million in the first year, with more than 25 percent of this income projected to come from visitors and non-residents. The additional revenue is expected to be used for local priorities including: the reduction of property taxes, investments in muicipal facilities, community assets and services, and addressing capital projects and deferred maintenance. For more information, visit www.moveforwardmke.com.
Meet Your County Executive
County Executive Chris Abele’s forward-thinking, yet pragmatic, vision is to create a model government that promotes social and racial equity and makes fiscally sustainably investments in critical priorities such as public safety, community health, senior and veterans services, and transportation infrastructure, among many others. He is also committed to maintaining essential amenities that support Milwaukee’s unique flavor and quality of life such as our award-winning parks system, museums, and other cultural institutions.
Abele seeks to engage business leaders, community leaders, government, law enforcement, non-profits, faith leaders and healthcare organizations in these efforts. Finding partners in every corner of our community is key to empowering more people and improving outcomes in our communities.
For more than two decades, County Executive Abele has been a successful business owner. He currently runs a growing real-estate company and venture fund that has created net new jobs and attracted new business to Milwaukee. Most recently, County Executive Abele started Ward 4, the city’s largest start-up hub, which aims to spur economic development through creation of a space for early-stage companies.
County Executive Abele is also dedicated to personal philanthropy and volunteer work that has included serving on and leading numerous local, national and international nonprofit boards. He currently serves on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Schools that Can-Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee Film Festival, which he co-founded. He has received numerous awards for his effective leadership and speaks regularly on leadership, philanthropy and nonprofit best practices.
County Executive Abele was first elected in 2011, and re-elected in 2012 and 2016.